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Athlete Profile: Michelle

By Holley | In Athlete Profiles, Rest Day | on January 15, 2012

Today’s post comes from Michelle’s loving husband, Scott. Happy Birthday Michelle!

As I’m sitting here, with total writer’s block, trying to figure out what to say about the most amazing person I’ve ever known, I can’t help but remember my college commencement speaker.  He shared that when he was struggling to write his speech, he wife told him…. “Don’t try to be smart, don’t try to be funny, just be yourself!”  Um….thanks, love you too!  We’ve already seen a well-written post from Mike this week, a caring post from Anna, and nobody can match Brian’s comedic ramblings…..so what’s left?  Let’s talk in terms of Boston!

Today we celebrate Michelle’s “Larry Bird” Day (i.e., 33rd birthday).  In honor of “The Legend”, I’d like to share Michelle’s qualities that make her Legendary…. in my humble, only slightly biased opinion.

I’ve never seen anyone attack their “goats” with the drive and determination Michelle does.  A little over a year ago Michelle couldn’t get a pull-up without bands, but today she’s cruising through WODs unassisted.  Today she comes home and shows off her torn calluses as proudly as her fantasy football trophy.  Today she complains that she only had 9 strict unbroken pull-ups.  Apparently she still considers pull ups a goat.

Michelle somehow combines this insatiable drive to improve with the biggest, kindest heart of anyone I know.  She works equally hard to be a perfect teacher, spending hours writing, reviewing, and perfecting her tests, quizzes, and daily classroom plans.  She’ll stay up late baking cookies for Tom’s Gift Box or homemade coffee cake for a friend who is leaving the next morning.  And she is always working hard to be the perfect wife (don’t tell her, but I think she already is).

Michelle, you’re an inspiration to all of us who are struggling with our own goats (cough… double unders).  Thanks for pushing me to be the best I can be at everything I do.  Thanks for bringing legendary determination with a smile to the gym every day.  Happy Birthday!


REST DAY 01.15.2012

15 Comments to "Athlete Profile: Michelle"

  • Date Night says:

    January 15, 2012 at 7:45 AM -

    Happy Birthday Michelle! Sounds like a great day for 33 pullups.

  • Tom says:

    January 15, 2012 at 7:58 AM -

    Happy Birthday Michelle. Those cookies were awesome. Thank you for taking the time to make them for me and my guys.

  • Sara says:

    January 15, 2012 at 8:16 AM -

    Happy birthday Michelle!

  • Michael h says:

    January 15, 2012 at 8:32 AM -

    Happy Bday Michelle!!! Great post Scott. I think everyones goat is to match Michelle determination and drive for perfection.

  • Amy says:

    January 15, 2012 at 9:28 AM -

    Happy birthday Michelle!

  • M^2 (Mark) says:

    January 15, 2012 at 10:43 AM -

    Have a great Birthday, Michelle!

  • xuan says:

    January 15, 2012 at 11:06 AM -

    Happy birthday back six pack!!!!!

  • Brian says:

    January 15, 2012 at 11:13 AM -

    Happy Birthday Michelle!!! Your drive is amazing, you have come so far!! Well not that far, you were crushing workouts from day 1 wodkilla!! Maybe time to compete?? Ehhh?? Hahahah. Have a great day!

  • Ray says:

    January 15, 2012 at 11:21 AM -

    Happy Birthday Michelle!

  • avelyne says:

    January 15, 2012 at 11:51 AM -

    Happy Birthday Michelle! It has been awesome to watch you crush former goats and PR on so many of your lifts! You’re an amazing athlete and a genuinely sweet person (except when it comes to your fantasy football!) May you continue to post killer times and defeat your remaining goats (if you have any). Oh and I’m jumping in with Brian…it’s comp time for you!

  • Stephanie says:

    January 15, 2012 at 12:11 PM -

    Happy Birthday Michelle!
    You always light up the box with your smile even after a miserable wod. You are an amazing athlete and am always impressed by your numbers on the board. Keep up the good work wodkilla! Definitely time to compete lady :)
    Have a wonderful day!

  • Anna says:

    January 15, 2012 at 12:40 PM -

    Happy Birthday Wod Killa!! Wow Scott writes all nice things and posts a gorgeous picture of you. He must really love you… Or fear the wrath! You are a wonderful representation of what it means to be an Intrepid, not only with your back six pack. Hope 33 is your best year yet!

  • Laura says:

    January 15, 2012 at 1:24 PM -

    Happy birthday Michelle! You are an inspiration to see!

  • Michelle says:

    January 15, 2012 at 9:07 PM -

    Thanks so much everyone!! Crossfit and the CFI family have become such an important part of my life. I love going to the gym everyday and working out with the most fun, encouraging group of people who push each other to become better everyday. You guys are the bestest!

  • Jason Beattie says:

    January 15, 2012 at 11:11 PM -

    Happy B Day, Wodkilla!

    First of all, I love that picture – what a beautiful bride! It is great to have you as a friend and in the class. You attack workouts with zeal and improve each time I look up at the board. Hope you have a great B-Day weekend and day off tomorrow!

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